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Wikinews 2014: An ‘Original reporting’ year in review

September 26th, 2018

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014With the English-language Wikinews continuing to increase the amount of original content published, we take a look back at some of the eighty-plus original reports from our contributors during 2014.

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Mouse makes nest in cash machine, eats money

September 26th, 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

In Estonia, a mouse made its nest in a cash machine and spent the weekend eating tens of thousands of kroons in bank notes. The critter was discovered after a customer making a withdrawal got half-eaten bills from the machine.

At some stage over the weekend the chewed money jammed, and the mouse seems to have spent the rest of the weekend turning the notes into bedding. It probably was attracted by the warmth from the machine and decided to make itself at home.
 

Experts are now investigating how the rodent was able to get into the ATM.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Russ Aegard, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

September 25th, 2018

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Russ Aegard is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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News briefs:April 15, 2006

September 25th, 2018

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Hello and welcome to Audio Wikinews. Today is April 15th, 2006.

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Dream A Little

September 24th, 2018

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By Cally Rao

What kind of a business would you run if you had your way? What business would satisfy your marrow? If you haven’t thought about this then isn’t now a good time – in today’s financial climate you can’t just keep doing the same old thing or you could see your entire nest egg become just memories. Headwinds are still likely to come through and smite personal financial havens.

Grab paper and pencil and make two columns on it. Under Column A list all your hobbies, dreams and interests. Over under Column B match them to start up ideas, businesses for sale in the marketplace, an enterprise up for a change of management. Check with friends – send out an email to them – if they know of a business that’s going under but which your hearth tells you you might be able to turn around, perhaps resuscitate a fledgling family business run by a kin in a far off nook or other things like a novel location. I know a friend who runs a tree top bar and believe me he’s made more in two years at tree top level than he did in his previous ten years at a corporate level.

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What often kills is the narrowing of the spirit, the withering of dreams and the nay-saying response to life. It is up to us to invent what goes into our days and personal extraordinariness. Move into a world of effort and endeavour. Go into unexplored territory. You have to leave your world of comforts and go into the wilderness of your intuitions. You can’t take a fast speed train out to your dream, nor bus there. You get there by effort, endeavor, risk drenched hard work. Don’t bask in last year’s lights. Press on. Standing at the doorways of your future, don’t waste more time divining when to start off. Occupy yourself with the future, not with what’s left behind, the yesterdays. Just look ahead.

We can’t afford to waste our tears on what could have been, might have been etc. We need to turn the tears into sweat as we chase our raison d’etre ( reason for living ). If the drought strikes again and there is no water to get through…With finances in meltdown, jobs being outsourced or firms on the verge of closure and the numbers of unemployed rising the immediate future looks heartbreaking. After all, the only real job security in the future will be one a person creates for himself or herself, by starting an income stream, planting an income tree or launching a business.

Wall Street may be doing very well, but it’s the street you live on that’ll pay the bills and take care of the family. So put your passions to work. Replace a deteriorating income with a new one.

“You have to be tough to survive. I like variety. I don’t want to be nailed shut in a box labeled, ‘Newsreader – do not touch'”.

Angela Rippon, BBC.

About the Author: Cally Rao is a former Manufacturing Manager at an F 500 Company, is now a college instructor and passionately believes in individual entrepreneurism.

For information on the above and how you can retire in over a year visit: reality-networkers.com/marketingsecret11.php?refid=3626645

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Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

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Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

September 22nd, 2018

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Two people have been killed and 47 people have been injured as the result of a coach crash in Cornwall, England. The vehicle, which was carrying 48 passengers as well as the driver, were travelling back from a journey to the village of Mousehole to see Christmas lights. The accident occurred at 2215 GMT yesterday in the village of Townshend, not far from the town of Hayle. Road conditions at the time were icy, which may explain why the accident occurred. The first police car that arrived at the scene lost control on the icy road and crashed into the already overturned coach. The two officers in the car were uninjured, however the earlier crash had caused the deaths of two women. One of them died at the scene of the accident and the other was later killed as a result of the injuries suffered. 47 people were injured, five of them seriously.

The sequence of events that is believed to have happened, according to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, is that the coach went off the road, collided with a tree, going through a hedge before finally overturning, causing the vehicle to end up on its side. 60-year-old Ann Ellis, who comes from the village of Illogan in Cornwall, was physically involved in the crash. Desribing her experience of this incident, she said: “All I can remember is a big bang and we just went over. I got trapped under somebody else and there was someone on top of me. It was difficult to breathe but two gentlemen dragged me out. I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.”

I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.

Derek Smith, lives near where the accident occurred. He said that “[w]e were just going to bed when we heard a knock on the kitchen door. She was covered in mud and had no shoes or socks on and was shaking as she stood there. I could hear this commotion going on.

She said to ring the police and ambulance as their coach had turned over and there were 50 people in it and some of them were injured. My wife rang 999 and the lady was in a real panic. We gave her some socks and boots straightaway because she was freezing as she had nothing on her feet.”

75-year-old Charles Parker, who is living in St. Agnes in the county, was also injured in the accident, suffering injuries to his leg and his head. “The roads were so icy,” he explained. “I heard a cracking noise and all of a sudden we had turned over. I remember later being helped out of the coach through a window. We were close to a house and they took most of the people in there. Then helicopters turned up. It was very frightening.”

Inspector Matthew Shaw, who comes from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, explained “[i]t seems from initial investigations that the coach has slipped on ice. The road is covered in a sheet of ice, it’s treacherous, it’s difficult to even walk down there.” The amount of time taken to transport the injured passengers to a hospital was four hours.

Wikinews interviews Jeremy Hanke, editor of MicroFilmmaker Magazine

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Wikinews interviews Jeremy Hanke, editor of MicroFilmmaker Magazine

September 21st, 2018

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Jeremy Hanke, editor of MicroFilmmaker Magazine. The magazine, which is free to read online, was started as a resource for the low budget moviemaker and features book, independent film, equipment and software reviews as well as articles on film distribution, special effects and lighting.

He says that one of the goals of the magazine is to “connect low-budget filmmakers via a feeling of community, as many…..often compete so viciously against one another in film festivals for coveted “shots” with Hollywood, that they can quickly forget their similarities.”

When asked if films made on a shoestring budget can really compete with those made for millions of dollars, he replied, “no…yes…and absolutely. Allow me to explain.” And so he does in the interview below.

Scientists discover 11 new species of life in Vietnam

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Scientists discover 11 new species of life in Vietnam

September 19th, 2018

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

At least 11 new species of life have been discovered in the rainforests of Thua Thien-Hue Province in Vietnam in a region of the forest described as the “Green Corridor.” The discovery was made by researchers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Among the new species are five orchids and at least three other species of plants, two butterflies and a snake. At least ten more species of plants are believed to be new species but are still being studied.

“You only discover so many new species in very special places, and the Green Corridor is one of them. Several large mammal species were discovered in the 1990s in the same forests, which means that these latest discoveries could be just the tip of the iceberg,” said a technical adviser in Vietnam for the WWF, Chris Dickinson.

The new species of life are exclusive to the rainforest in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The new snake, which can grow to 80 centimeters long, has been given the name white-lipped keelback because of a yellow-white stripe on the top of its head and makes its home near small streams and feeds on small animals and frogs.

The new species of butterflies are one subfamily of the Satyrinae species and the other a species of the Skipper butterfly.

The orchids, all of which are considered very rare because they were found to have no leaves whatsoever on the plant, grow in “matter” that is rotting and also contain no chlorophyll. The other two new plant species are of Arum and Aspidistra.

The WWF is concerned that civilization may move closer into the rainforest, destroying the homes of these new species, but the government of Thua Thien-Hue Province says it’s dedicated to making sure that they are protected, along with the rainforest.

“The area is extremely important for conservation and the province wants to protect the forests and their environmental services, as well as contribute to sustainable development,” said Provincial Forest Protection Department Director for the province, Hoang Ngoc Khanh.

The species were found in the rainforest in 2005 and 2006.

French campaigning film director René Vautier dies

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French campaigning film director René Vautier dies

September 18th, 2018

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Monday, January 5, 2015

René Vautier, the self-described “most censored director in France”, died yesterday aged 86.

Vautier focused on French colonies. He made over 150 films and targeted what he described as “lack of teachers and doctors, the crimes committed by the French Army in the name of France, the instrumentalization of the colonized peoples”. One topic of particular focus was the war in Algeria. Between 1954 and 1962 Algerians fought for, and won, their independence from France.

His work on the conflict included Algeria in Flames in 1958 and 20 Years in Aures, which also investigated post-conflict Algeria and won 1972’s international critics’ award at the Cannes Film Festival. That film looked at killings by young French conscripts.

In 1950 he was imprisoned in France for a year for, amongst other things, unauthorised filming in Upper Volta, a colonial region that became Burkina Faso. His footage was seized but he salvaged sufficient material to make Afrique 50, a seventeen-minute work that was banned in France until 1990.

His work in the 60s and 70s looked at racism in former Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, and in South Africa. He compared his investigative footage with the official position of local authorities. In 1974 he co-directed Human, Too Human, an almost-unspoken film depicting Citroen car manufacture in France.

Other topics he covered include pollution, women’s rights, and the French far-right.

Vautier’s achievements outside of directing include a hunger strike in 1973 against what he viewed as political censorship. French law was changed. His activism went back to age 15 when he joined the French Resistance during World War II. He documented himself in a 1998 book. In the 1960s he headed back to newly-independent Algeria to teach film directing.

Vautier himself was trained at the Advanced Institute for Cinemagraphic Studies, in Paris.

Four arrested in three Naperville, Illinois prostitution stings

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Four arrested in three Naperville, Illinois prostitution stings

September 17th, 2018

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Monday, March 15, 2010

An undercover investigation by Naperville, Illinois law enforcement has led to the arrest last Thursday of four people allegedly involved in prostitution. The stings came after police received tips that people were using websites like Craigslist and Backpage.com to sell sexual performances in Naperville hotels. 

Patricia H. Scoleri of Naperville was arrested after an unidentified neighbor observed consistently suspicious activity at Scoleri’s home. Traffic was unusually heavy and consisted mostly of luxury cars in an otherwise quiet, middle-class neighborhood. Also, the visitors were mainly middle-aged men, and an odd string of lavender-colored lights were hung on the front window.

Police say Scoleri worked alone. She was arrested at 2 p.m. local time (2000 UTC) and is charged with violation of anti-prostitution laws, anti-cannabis laws, and the Massage Licensing Act. She apparently has four children, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has neither contacted her nor received a police report on her.

The second sting occurred at 5:30 p.m the same day (2330 UTC) and resulted in the arrest of Chicago resident Tonya M. Adams. She is charged with prostitution and driving without a license. Another sting about an hour later resulted in the arrests of Jessica M. Walley, a Skokie resident, and Mark A. Williams, a self-admitted Schaumburg gang member. “Walley was charged with prostitution and unlawful possession of cannabis. Williams was charged with pimping, obstructing a peace officer, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance,” reports WBBM News Radio 780.

All four suspects are free, having paid the required ten percent of their $1,000 bail. They may face additional charges related to crack cocaine discovered during the police investigation. Arraignment is scheduled for next month at the DuPage County Circuit Courthouse in Wheaton.